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CSS CSS Layout CSS Layout Techniques Relative and Absolute Positioning

Daniel Green
Daniel Green
1,138 Points

Figure positioning (relative, margin 0) vs. figcaption positioning

Near the end of this video when we were moving the figcaption from the bottom of the image, why was it necessary to change the positioning of the "figure" itself first (to relative with 0 margin)?

I went back and deleted the "figure" positioning from my CSS doc and it moved the figcaption all the way up to near the top of the page.

I'm confused on why the relative positioning of the figure affected the absolute positioning of the figcaption.

1 Answer

Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen
Treehouse Teacher

Great question Daniel Green! When using position: absolute; on an element, by default it aligns it self with the top most html element, if none of its ancestor elements have position: relative; applied. Once position: relative; is applied to the <figure> element, which is the closest ancestor to the <figcaption> element, its position will be relative to that ancestor.